Commentaries

Tuesday Commentary
9:53 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Mayberry Is Sacred

Annie Gray Johnston

No one who knows Commentator Annie Gray Johnston would call her stuck in her ways. She keeps up with the new and improved with the best of them, swishy iPad and all. But there are some things that can't be altered or updated, no matter what. For Annie Gray, The Andy Griffith Show and the mythical town of Mayberry, are sacred. 

Thursday Commentary
2:40 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

An Endangered Acessory

Nan Graham

When Commentator Nan Graham recently acquired a rattan rhino, she couldn't have been happier. She and her new companion, the  copper-eyed "Barbara Streisand," drove around the Port City endlessly--an unexpected and attention-drawing duo. But she soon found out that keeping a woven rhino in the car can be endangering for the animal--and the owner.

Tuesday Commentary
7:42 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Slides

Jasmeet Flickr Commons

Last week, Commentator Shane Fernando took a trip back in time as he helped Tony Rivenbark restore a slide show of Wilmington's history. Of course, a fair bit of nostalgia was in order. Not for Old Wilmington, necessarily, but for the slides depicting her glory. 

Thursday Commentary
8:00 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Kicking the (Gluten) Habit

Whitney Ross Gray

Today, we welcome Commentator Whitney Ross Gray who tells us how it feels to be two years clean and sober--from gluten. As it turns out, kicking the habit isn't half-bad, especially if there's a crispy batch of celebratory kale chips to look forward to. 

*Regarding all matters of diet and overall health heard in WHQR commentaries, please consult a medical professional.

Tuesday Commentary
8:00 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Beryl Blessing

Michael @ NW Lens Flickr Commons

One year ago, our area was parched and thirsty for rain following a rather dry winter, which came on the heels of a dry fall, and a hot (and, you guessed it) dry summer. It was so dry that when lightning struck a tree in Holly Shelter Game Land on June 19th, 2011, not only did a wildfire erupt to engulf trees and shrubs, the 30,000-acre fire also consumed the soil in which the plants were rooted.

Thursday Commentary
10:07 am
Thu May 31, 2012

A Midsummer Night's (Recurring) Dream

Dennis Barnes Flickr Commons

With Shakespeare on the Green's upcoming performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler contemplates what makes this play so attractive to audiences everywhere, generation after generation. 

Tuesday Commentary
4:01 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Cosmic Smackdown

Courtesy of Annie Gray Johnston

When Annie Gray Johnston begins to get a little too big for her britches, the world has a way of letting her know. Today, she shares some of the cosmic smackdowns that have kept her in check over the years.

Thursday Commentary
8:00 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Mad Men Mania

Island Vittles Flickr Commons

The Sixties are back, man, and no, it's not a hallucination. 

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Tuesday Commentary
8:00 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Free Parking on Masonboro Island

Bill Gracey Flickr Commons

When Commentator Shane Fernando was a kid, this area of Southeastern North Carolina was far less populated, and popular. 

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Thursday Commentary
8:00 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Bananafish, Anyone?

Kara Allyson Flickr Commons

When literary commentator Gwenyfar Rohler first met J.D. Salinger, it wasn't through his famous, angst-ridden, teenage protagonist, Holden Caulfield.

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